Hebrews 12 by Pastor Don
Hebrews Chapters 12 and 13 are fundamental to our faith.
Pastor Don told us that Chapter 12 & 13 show us the nature of God. He told us that people sometimes ask questions, such as those asked after 9/11 when they said if God is God why did God not save people? How can a loving God be a loving God and let evil happen?
The truth is God plays by His rules, not ours. Our views and sensibilities are not necessarily God’s. If there are no accidents and no one died the world would be overpopulated. Life on earth is training for eternity. Yet we live life on earth as if it is the central part of our existence.
God sets things in motion, but we have dominion over our lives. When something does not go the way we want it to go, we can opt to change the rules. The validity of the existence of God is not determined by what we feel He should do. Nothing in the Word says God will always intervene in the crises of man.
Heaven is a real place, and there will be much work to be done in Heaven. Since we are God’s Children, He will discipline us or not discipline us at His discretion. We can either obey God or ignore His discipline.
Chapter 12 is about discipline. Sometimes we accept or reject discipline. God has a purpose in our obedience but good can even come out of our disobedience. For example, if you tell your child to not touch the hot stove and the child touches the stove, he learns when you say he could get hurt, he could get hurt.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Run the race set before us. We may not always be sure what our part in the race is.
Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus started and finished it, and went to the Cross for the joy that was set before Him. When He ascended to Heaven He saw Joy. Heaven is a happy place. Pastor Don told us that when we find something worth that joy, it is also worth the sorrow necessary to attain it.
Hebrews 12:3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
Jesus endured a level of hostility that we have no conception of. He was called a worker of satan, beaten, abused. People will abuse you for being a believer. The church will be labeled intolerant because of our message. They don’t realize you can love a person and not condone their actions. This hostility, as time goes by will get worse, not better.
Hebrews 12:4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
No one has strove against sin until it causes bloodshed. Most people are not willing to go that far. That is why the antichrist will not meet with opposition when he is revealed. People will give up their rights when they find out it interferes with their comforts.
Hebrews 12:5-6 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”
Discipline helps a child (both our children and us as children of God) for it teaches us discipline so we don’t end up with the diagnosis of PINS –Person In Need of Supervision
God will let us reap what we have sown. Circumstances will keep coming to pass until we learn our lesson.
Hebrews 12:7-8 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
If there is no parental control, for example, if you are an unsupervised child out of wedlock, then there is no discipline or control. We are God’s children and He will discipline us, even if our earthly parents fail in that task.
Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
Discipline is life or death to us.
Hebrews 12:10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
His discipline always brings us to Holiness.
Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
No one loves being disciplined at the moment, and yet we know it is done for our future good and to produce the fruit of righteousness. We are trained by discipline, and whether we succeed or fail, discipline will help to correct us. Now we have a choice, we can either choose to learn by experience in the school of hard knocks, or we can learn in a vicarious way by reading the Scriptures and applying their truths to our lives. It is far less painful to learn from the Scriptures than by experience. But we all have different personalities and God will deal with us as we need, to produce that fruit of righteousness.
Hoping you have a blessed day.
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